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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Indictment Alleges Philadelphia Man Stole Identities

Peter Fields, also known as Charles Smith, 48, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged today by indictment with mail fraud, bank fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  Fields obtained the personal and financial information of victims and used that information to obtain credit accounts in the victims’ names, add himself as an authorized user to victims’ credit accounts, manufacture fraudulent checks using victims’ account numbers, and fraudulently obtain utility services in the names of victims for others.

If convicted, Peter Fields faces a maximum possible sentence of 73 years in prison and a fine of $2 million.

The case was investigated by United States Postal Inspection Service, with the assistance of the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney K.T. Newton.

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Updated December 24, 2014